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‘Ocho’, a play about the eight Hull men who joined the International Brigades and the women they left at home. Written by BAFTA award-winning Jane Thornton, with music by Dave Rotheray (The Beautiful South), and performed by the Spotlight Ensemble of Archbishop Sentamu Academy at the Archbishop Sentamu Academy Theatre, 1 Bilton Grove, Hull HU9 5YB, starting at 7.30pm.

‘¡Buenos Días Dictador!’, a new exhibition of works by artist Sonia Boué about the Spanish Civil War, in particular a response to the years of exile suffered by many Spanish Republicans and their families; at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ; opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm.

The Battle of the Ebro remembered; speaker: Rab O'Donnell, with contributions from Iain and Sandra Trotter and a film screening; 7pm at the Tam O'Shanter Inn, 113-117 Queensberry Street, Dumfries  DG1 1BH. More information:

The annual international Battle of Jarama commemoration will take place on Saturday 17 February 2018.


Annual re-dedication of the Manchester International Brigade memorial and commemoration of the Battle of Jarama, commencing at 11am and lasting about an hour inside Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB. All IBMT members, trade unionists and labour movement activists are invited to attend.

Commemoration of the 80th anniversary of  the Battle of Caspe in March 1938 during the retreat through Aragón in which the British Battalion and other International Brigade units came under sustained attack. The programme of events, which is being organised by the local history group Asociación Bajoaragonesa de Agitación y Propaganda, has yet to be announced. See:

IBMT’s annual Len Crome Memorial Conference, with historians Professor Tom Buchanan and Dr Emily Mason speaking about the Aid Spain movement in Britain during the Spanish Civil War.


The Young'uns perform The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff, a suite of songs about the life of Tees-side International Brigader Johnny Longstaff, interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and images. 8pm at the ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Dovecot Street, Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL.

Trip to the Ebro battlefield to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of the Ebro; organised by the Liverpool-based North West Trade Union International Committee. More information, including itinerary, booking onformation and cost is available here: Ebro itinerary.pdf

Dr Javier Alcalde delivers the Annual Buchanan Lecture on ‘Transnational language and conflicting memories over the Spanish Civil War’; 4pm at University of Liverpool. More information: